Meter offer to cut water bills
THE biggest ever water efficiency drive in the eastern region has been launched in Peterborough.
Over the next 12 months, supplier Anglian Water will install 12,000 free water meters in homes in 44 areas both in the city centre and surrounding district.
The water company will put in place a further 6,500 meters in the following year. A total of 183,000 meters are set to be installed over the next five years in the eastern region.
The aim of the drive, which is known as Pay as you Flow, is for customers to save money and reduce the amount of water that their household uses.
It will also boost Peterborough City Council’s aspirations to be the UK’s Environment Capital.
Ciaran Nelson, a spokesperson for Anglian Water, said: “It’s a funny thing, but we actually want people to use less water, so we can charge them less.
“We’re serious about it. We don’t want customers to pay for a drop more than they use.”
Instead of being charged on a rateable value, based on the area where a customer lives and the size of their home, the meter al- lows a customer to pay for exactly what they use over a six month period.
The meter system is currently being used by 67 per cent of the water company’s 5.5 million customers, each of whom requested its installation.
However, the company is now rolling it out all of its customers - starting in Peterborough, which was chosen because it is a “water stressed” area.
Mr Nelson added: “It’s an area in our region where we anticipate that in the future the demand will rise, but availability will not keep pace with it.
“This will match perfectly with the city council’s aspirations to be the Environment Capital because it’s a very environmentally friendly thing to do.
“Letters are currently being sent to households about the scheme. The meter will be put in place, but it is entirely up to the customer if they wish to sign up.”
The company will be fitting the meters in batches, as this is the most efficient way to install them.
On average, Anglian Water say household water bills drop £100 a year for those customers using a water meter.
Mr Nelson added: “Millions of people are already seeing the benefits, but millions more could be saving money. Using less water also lowers electricity bills, which means reducing carbon footprint as well as the amount you pay for your water and electricity.
“In this region, being water efficient really matters.
“We actually get less rain each year than Jerusalem.”
Jenna Hiley, Peterborough City Council’s climate change officer, said: “The council is really supportive of this initiative by Anglian Water to improve water efficiency.
“Households on water meters as a general rule are more efficient with their water use - saving them money on their water bill and cutting carbon emissions too. This not only helps reduce the amount of water wasted and reduces Peterborough’s carbon footprint but helps the city in its aim to become the UK’s environment capital.” For more information contact: www.anglianwater.co.uk